With Passover arriving at the end of this week, it’s a great time to revisit the Talmudic concern of demons when consuming an even number of cups of wine. Having previously discussed this topic on episode 25 of The Jewish Drinking Show, I am excited to revisit this topic with Professor Sara Ronis, whose forthcoming book, Demons in the Details: Demonic Discourse and Rabbinic Culture in the Babylonian Talmud , looks at demonic discourse in the Babylonian Talmud in its legal, narrative, and socio-cultural contexts.
Prof. Ronis is an associate professor of Theology at St. Mary’s University, where she teaches courses in the Hebrew Bible and its reception, and religious studies and Theology, more broadly. She completed her Ph.D. in Judaism in Late Antiquity in the Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. She also earned an MA in Religion from Columbia University and a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University (summa cum laude).